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    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10

    How to Mount a Drive to a Folder in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Hardware & Drivers
    21 Aug 2020
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    How to Mount a Drive to a Folder in Windows 10


    You can assign a mount point folder path to a drive to have the drive appear as a normal folder located where you want.

    With you mount an internal or external drive to an empty folder, you will be able to access the contents of the drive from the path of the folder. The contents of the drive will still physically be located on the drive. Anything you save into this folder will actually be saved to the drive.

    You can mount a drive with or without a drive letter to an empty folder.

    This tutorial will show you how to assign a mount point folder path to a drive to link the folder and drive in Windows 10.

    If you mount an external or removable drive to a folder and disconnect the drive, the folder will not open until the drive is connected again.



    Contents

    • Option One: Mount Drive with Drive Letter to Folder in Disk Management
    • Option Two: Mount Unallocated Drive without Drive Letter to Folder in Disk Management
    • Option Three: Mount Drive with Drive Letter to Folder in Command Prompt
    • Option Four: Mount Drive with Drive Letter to Folder in Settings
    • Option Five: Unmount Drive from Folder by Permanently Deleting Folder
    • Option Six: Unmount Drive from Folder in Disk Management
    • Option Seven: Unmount Drive from Folder in Settings






    OPTION ONE

    Mount Drive with Drive Letter to Folder in Disk Management


    1 Create a new empty folder located where you want with a name (ex: "Working Drive") you want. (see screenshot below)

    The empty folder must be located on a NTFS or ReFS drive

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-create_folder.png

    2 Open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc).

    3 Right click or press and hold on the drive (ex: "F") you want to mount to the folder from step 1, and click/tap on Change Drive Letter and Paths. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_disk_management-1.png

    4 Click/tap on Add. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_disk_management-2.png

    5 Perform the following steps: (see screenshots below)

    1) Select (dot) Mount in the following empty NTFS folder.

    2) Click/tap on the Browse button.

    3) Navigate to and select the empty folder (ex: "Working Drive") from step 1.

    4) Click/tap on OK in the "Browse for Drive Path" dialog.

    5) Click/tap on OK in the "Add Drive Letter or Path" dialog.

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_disk_management-3.png Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_disk_management-4.png

    6 You can now close Disk Management if you like.






    OPTION TWO

    Mount Unallocated Drive without Drive Letter to Folder in Disk Management


    1 Create a new empty folder located where you want with a name (ex: "Working Drive") you want. (see screenshot below)

    The empty folder must be located on a NTFS or ReFS drive

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-create_folder.png

    2 Open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc).

    3 Right click or press and hold on the unallocated (deleted) drive you want to mount to the folder from step 1, and click/tap on New Simple Volume. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-1.png

    4 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-2.png

    5 Click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-3.png

    6 Perform the following steps: (see screenshots below)

    1) Select (dot) Mount in the following empty NTFS folder.

    2) Click/tap on the Browse button.

    3) Navigate to and select the empty folder (ex: "Working Drive") from step 1.

    4) Click/tap on OK in the "Browse for Drive Path" dialog.

    5) Click/tap on Next in the "New Simple Volume Wizard" dialog.

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-4.png Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_disk_management-4.png

    7 Type a name (volume label) you want for the drive, and click/tap on Next. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-6.png

    8 Click/tap on Finish. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-7.png

    9 You can now close Disk Management if you like. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_unallocated_drive_to_folder_disk_management-8.png






    OPTION THREE

    Mount Drive with Drive Letter to Folder in Command Prompt


    You must be signed in as an administrator to do this option.


    1 Create a new empty folder located where you want with a name (ex: "Working Drive") you want. (see screenshot below)

    The empty folder must be located on a NTFS or ReFS drive

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-create_folder.png

    2 Open an elevated command prompt.

    3 Type diskpart into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. (see screenshot at bottom)

    4 Type list volume into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter. Make note of the volume number (ex: "4") of the drive (ex: "F") you want to mount to the folder from step 1.

    5 Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter.

    select volume ###

    Substitute ### in the command above with the actual volume number (ex: "4") of the drive (ex: "F") you want to mount to the folder from step 1.

    For example: select volume <4>

    6 Type the command below into the elevated command prompt, and press Enter.

    assign mount="Full path of folder"

    Substitute Full path of folder in the command above with the actual full path (ex: "C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Working Drive") of the folder from step 1.

    For example: assign mount="C:\Users\Brink\Desktop\Working Drive"

    7 You can now close the elevated command prompt if you like.

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_command.png






    OPTION FOUR

    Mount Drive with Drive Letter to Folder in Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 20197.


    1 Create a new empty folder located where you want with a name (ex: "Working Drive") you want. (see screenshot below)

    The empty folder must be located on a NTFS or ReFS drive

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-create_folder.png

    2 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    3 Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage Disks and Volumes link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-1.jpg

    4 Expand open the disk (ex: "Disk 2") that contains the drive you want to mount to the folder from step 1. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-2.png

    5 Click/tap on the drive (ex: "F") you want to mount to the folder from step 1, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-3.png

    6 Click/tap on the Add button under the Paths section. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_in_settings-1.png

    7 Perform the following steps: (see screenshots below)

    1) Click/tap on the Browse button.

    2) Navigate to and select the empty folder (ex: "Working Drive") from step 1 in the "Select Folder" dialog.

    3) Click/tap on Select Folder in the "Select Folder" dialog.

    4) Click/tap on OK.

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_in_settings-2.png Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_in_settings-3.png

    8 You can now close Settings if you like.






    OPTION FIVE

    Unmount Drive from Folder by Permanently Deleting Folder


    This option will remove the mount point folder path from a drive without affecting the contents of the drive.


    1 Permanently delete the folder you mounted the drive to.






    OPTION SIX

    Unmount Drive from Folder in Disk Management


    This option will remove the mount point folder path from a drive without affecting the contents of the drive.

    The folder will be empty after removing its mount folder path from the drive.


    1 Open Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc).

    2 Right click or press and hold on the drive (ex: "F") you want to remove a folder path from, and click/tap on Change Drive Letter and Paths. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-mount_drive_to_folder_disk_management-1.png

    3 Select the folder path you no longer want mounted to the drive, and click/tap on Remove. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-unmount_drive_from_folder_disk_management-1.png

    4 Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-unmount_drive_from_folder_disk_management-2.png

    5 You can now close Disk Management if you like.






    OPTION SEVEN

    Unmount Drive from Folder in Settings


    This option is only available starting with Windows 10 build 20197.


    1 Open Settings, and click/tap on the System icon.

    2 Click/tap on Storage on the left side, and click/tap on the Manage Disks and Volumes link on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-1.jpg

    3 Expand open the disk (ex: "Disk 2") that contains the drive you want to unmount from a folder. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-2.png

    4 Click/tap on the drive (ex: "F") you want to unmount from a folder, and click/tap on Properties. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-settings_manage_disks_and_volumes-3.png

    5 Under Paths, click/tap on the folder path you want to unmount the drive from, and click/tap Remove. (see screenshot below)

    Mount Drive to a Folder in Windows 10-unmount_drive_from_folder_in_settings.png

    6 You can now close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



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    When you mount a drive as a folder can you gain any performance? Like lets say i have windows installed on an hdd and i mount an ssd as a folder in the c: area would that speed things up a bit?
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    quicksilverstud said:
    When you mount a drive as a folder can you gain any performance? Like lets say i have windows installed on an hdd and i mount an ssd as a folder in the c: area would that speed things up a bit?

    Hello mate,

    Mounting a drive to a folder would have no impact on performance.

    This is just way to add an option to access the drive from the folder's location for more convenience.
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    Brink said:
    Hello mate,

    Mounting a drive to a folder would have no impact on performance.

    This is just way to add an option to access the drive from the folder's location for more convenience.
    Oh okay thankyou brink
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    Hi there
    for mounting a drive into a folder --Linux Works --e.g mount /dev/sdx -t auto -o rw /mnt/DVX for example -- however Windows doesn't have a "Block Device" folder list so no advantage to be gained even if it were possible.
    If you need this sort of stuff in Windows you could consider spanned volumes or RAID. Note - Storage spaces is another possibility but those things break so easily I'd steer well clear of those.

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    Tutorial updated to add option 4 (mount) and option 7 (mount) to mount/unmount a drive to/from a folder in Settings.
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